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Daughter of David Trimble describes coming out as gay to her father

Vicky Trimble and her wife Rosalind Stephens.

THE daughter of former First Minister David Trimble has spoken of how her dad initially "put his head in his hands" when she forst revealed she was gay but he has been supportive since. 

Spealing on BBC Talkback, Vicky Trimble said it was "a little bit upsetting" that her same sex marriage is still not recognised in Northern Ireland but is hopeful it will happen. 

Ms Trimble said she and her wife Ros experienced a homophobic incident at a restaurant in London on Valentine's Day. Men had also talked abusively to them on the Tube as well as people shouting at them in the street.

She said her dad David's first reaction when she told him she was gay was "to put his head in his hands." But he has changed his view now to support her and her wife.

Mr Trimble has spoken about how he changed his mind on same sex marriage after his daughter found love.

The 74-year-old Conservative peer revealed last week in the House of Lords that his elder daughter had married a woman.

While leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Lord Trimble voted in parliament in 2004 against the Civil Partnership Bill.

Vicky Trimble, married photographer Rosalind Stephens in November 2017, with her father walking her up the aisle and giving a touching speech at the wedding to the devoted couple which took place at Achnagairn Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Mr Trimble, one of the architects of the Good Friday agreement, spoke last week about his very personal experience during a debate on abortion law and the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

"Those are delicate matters. I have found myself taking a particular position with regard to same-sex marriage, which was forced upon me when my elder daughter got married to her girlfriend", he said.

"I cannot change that, and I cannot now go around saying that I am opposed to it because I acquiesced to it. There we are", he said.

His daughter who lives in east London responded on Facebook posting: "I’m a little surprised at Dad's wording as he has been supportive of our relationship ever since he encountered Rosalind Stephens coming out of the bathroom wrapped in a duvet!"

Her wife responded by saying: "That was a moment I will never forget".

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